The Assam Regiment, one of the infantry regiments of the Indian army is celebrating its Platinum Jubilee at its regimental centre in Shillong, Meghalaya.
The 75th raising day celebrations of the regiment is a four-day affair which began on November 15 and is set to conclude on November 19.
The Assam Regiment raised on June 15, 1941, completes 75 years of glorious service to the nation since its founding. Among those present at the landmark celebrations the Chief of the Army staff General Dalbir Singh Suhag, Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju and deputy chief of the Army staff Lt Gen Subrata Saha, who also happens to be the colonel commandant of the regiment.
Gen Dalbir Singh, the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), presented the colours to the four young Battalions of the Assam Regiment; 16 & 17 ASSAM , 1 & 2 Arunachal Scouts in colour presentation parade led by Brig Sudhir Kumar Jha, Commandant, Assam Regimental Centre in presence of Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi, GOC-in-C Eastern Command, Lt Gen Subrata Saha, Colonel of the Assam Regiment and Arunachal Scouts and other serving and veteran dignitaries at Assam Regimental Center, Shillong, Meghalaya.
The COAS also dedicated the expanded and renovated War Memorial to the Regiment. This war memorial was inaugurated on Nov 24, 1953 by Shri Bishnuram Medhi, Chief Minister of Assam . Etched on the hallowed walls are the names of 376 martyrs. The expansion and renovation of the War Memorial was initiated in mid 2015 and took almost a year to complete.
The Assam Regiment that represents the Warrior Prowess of the Northeast is celebrating their Platinum Jubilee at Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya and erstwhile undivided province of Assam. The Regiment was primarily raised to quell the enemy aggression and defend a crucial part of Eastern borders of India. On the occasion of the raising on 15 Jun 1941, Sir Robert Reid, the Governor of Assam said “You are the living symbol of Assam’s martial ardour, the embodiment of her physical strength and I have no doubt your steadfastness, your bravery, your skills and your endurance will surpass all”.
In the field of games and sports, the Regiment has secured 27 Gold, 17 Silver and 14 Bronze medal at International level and 152 Gold, 132 Silver and 110 Bronze at National level. The Regiment won the coveted YBC Championship in 2005.
The marching contingent of The Assam Regiment was adjudged as the best Marching Contingent both in Army Day and Republic Day Parade 2016. The Assam Regiment Marching contingent was also adjudged as best Marching Contingent during Army Day Parade 1995, 2004 and 2008 respectively.